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In Theaters: 'Sucker Punch' Will Try To Beat Up On 'Wimpy Kid 2'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 25, 2011 4:33 AM
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Well if Zack Snyder didn't just win the Release Date Lottery?! His dark, twisted sexual fantasy "Sucker Punch" hits theaters this weekend, opening against... "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2?" Don't count out the kid demo just yet though, especially with Snyder's debut foray into original material getting jabbed in the kidneys by critics all over the ring. Those are your two options for new releases at the box office though, so maybe you want to check out "Limitless," "Red Riding Hood," or "Battle LA"? No again? We understand. If you're looking for quality, look no further than your home entertainment center, as Todd Haynes' miniseries take on James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce" starring Kate Winslet hits small screens this weekend as well. Of course there are always art house and foreign limited releases by filmmakers who deserve your support much more than the misguided Snyder (oh, how we weep for the potential we saw in "Dawn of the Dead").

Review: Belgian Oscar Entry 'Illégal' A One-Note Take On The Issues Surrounding Immigration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:21 AM
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There is perhaps no political issue -- aside from health care maybe -- that stirs passions more than that of illegal immigration. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it's undeniable that it's a complex one with ramifications that touch on education, the economy and yes, even the aforementioned health care. It's a thorny topic too, often rooted in personal experience, that it can be difficult to view it from any objective angle. But for director Olivier Masset-Depasse, there is no doubt where his sympathies lie and in "Illégal," Belgium's official foreign film selection for last year's Oscars, he makes his case with all the subtlety of a man pounding his fist on the table.

Olivier Masset-Depasse Talks About His Belgian Oscar Entry 'Illégal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 1:15 AM
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Every year the Academy honors five films in the Best Foreign Film category, and in a genre that's already tough to market, an Oscar boost is a blessing for many films that would otherwise face a much tougher road to finding an audience. However, what people often forget is that those five nominees are whittled down from dozens and dozens of submissions from nations around the world and the reality is, most of those films don't see a release on our shores. While Belgium's entry "Illégal" didn't make the cut, the film by Olivier Masset-Depasse is getting a release and the subject matter will strike close to home.

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